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PCC’s response to Cornwall Council call for devolved police powers

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said: “Cornwall Council is entitled to its view but I don't believe that this is the right path.

“Government policy on policing governance is clear - that responsibility should rest with a single accountable elected representative of the people - be that a PCC or an elected mayor.

“I find it hard to see how this could be delivered without the creation of a separate police force for Cornwall which is unlikely to be an efficient or effective solution.

“Our focus should be on bringing policing areas closer together to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to better protect the public, not creating further fragmentation.

“Before the council takes this forward I would urge them to consult with the chief constable to ensure they understand the challenges and practicalities that may be involved.”